Dec 14, 2016

House Passes Water Resources Legislation

WIIN Act would authorize more than $10 billion in water project funding

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The U.S. House of Representatives approved 360 to 61 legislation that would authorize more than $10 billion in federal dollars for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to carry out dozens of water transportation construction projects.

The “Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act,” S. 612, is the product of months of negotiations between the House and Senate to reconcile their respective water infrastructure bills. The measure will allow 30 new major construction projects in 19 states to move forward, pending funding through the annual appropriations process. In addition, eight more projects that have already been authorized would receive additional funds for lock, dam, port and waterway construction projects.

ARTBA worked with its allies on Capitol Hill and other stakeholder groups over the past several months to push for enactment of a new maritime construction law. As part of this effort, it urged House members to join Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) in a letter asking the House leadership to take up the water infrastructure legislation before Sept. 30, which they did.